Secondary students. The students in secondary school start have just started their third (and final) term of the school year. There are important national exams to study and prep for. They are getting a good education and they are doing well on exams. During the break since the last term, students returned to the village where they were tutored in key subjects and mentored. They also completed volunteer service at the school, at our clinic, and in the community. Some students were abe to work in companies over the break -- equivalent to an internship. This is a program we are looking to expand in order to give students some professional work to help build their resumes and gain valuable experience. Our Uganda staff is in the process of identifying individuals with STEM expertise (science, technology, engineering, and math) to assist during the student vacations.
University students. Almost all of the first class to graduate secondary school last year did well on college entrance exams and are now in college. Most were admitted to the best colleges in the country. One student named Timothy even scored a perfect score on the pre-college exam -- equivalent to getting a 1600 on U.S. college boards! Timothy received a full government scholarship to study engineering. No one anticipated so many of our secondary students would be accepted in college. We are exploring the viability of a student loan program so that those students who do not have sponsors can attend college.
We are doing an inventory books and materials and teacher skills we already have in Uganda, to strengthen STEM education. The Ugandan government is updating some textbooks so we need to ensure we have appropriate teaching and learning materials so students in primary school are learning what is needed for national exams and to prepare students for secondary school.
A group of faculty and students from Lasell College provided mentoring for girls.
We also exploring if anything can be done to improve the poor internet and unreliable electricity in rural eastern Uganda which limits our ability to do online learning so far. This is an ongoing issue and we are doing our best at work-arounds, such as using smart phones which have much better internet.
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